NJ's child welfare system meeting goals

April 28, 2009 5:26:59 AM PDT
New Jersey's child welfare system has made steady progress since July 2006. That's the conclusion of a monitor who has been evaluating the Children and Families Department to satisfy a federal consent decree.

The decree followed a series of high profile cases in which children had slipped through the cracks.

The 112-page report, released on Monday, finds the department had increased workers, improved caseworker training and supervision, and expanded key services during the second half of 2008.

The monitor says the department has met nearly every goal for improvement.

But beginning in January, the state will have to statistically show that children and families are doing better because of improvements in the system.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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